ERIC Number: ED387174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-25
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Leadership for Creating Community within Institutions.
Harris, Zelema M.
Community college leaders are responsible for creating an institutional climate that is supportive, nurturing, collaborative, integrative, empowering, and inclusive. In providing leadership, it is important to remember that collective wisdom can take a college much farther than operating according to one person's ideal. In managing a multifaceted organization like a college, it is important to remember the community-building power of information. At Parkland College, in Illinois, information has often helped to create order. For example, a child development center was developed when staff learned of children being left around the college while their parents attended classes. Similarly, a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was developed to develop new faculty when the college realized that a large number of faculty were nearing retirement. Other examples include international education efforts stemming from faculty recognition of the global marketplace and the making of budget decisions based on recommendations from a planning committee composed of representatives from every employee group. Community can be created at a college, not through rules, but through information that shapes beliefs and assumptions. At Parkland, assumptions regarding creating community include the following: (1) institutional climate will only change with impetus from the top; (2) quality and community flourish in an environment of trust; (3) hierarchical models of management do not work; and (4) before people can feel a sense of ownership, they must feel included. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (75th, Minneapolis, MN, April 22-25, 1995).